Vulcan CEO Hill named chairman as retiring James seals succession plan

Sources: Vulcan Materials, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Vulcan Materials Chairman Don James is retiring at year’s end, capping nearly two decades on the executive team and consummating a leadership transition to Tom Hill, who adds the chairman’s post 18 months after becoming president and chief executive officer.

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PCI Foundation’s BBQ competition cooks up $52k for education programs

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The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Foundation kicked off its first national barbecue competition and fundraiser with more than 2,800 participants taking part in 13 events sponsored by eight companies. The program raised $52,374 for the PCI Foundation to sponsor precast education programs in schools of architecture, engineering and construction management.

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Eric Carleton, P.E., vice president of Technical Services for the National Precast Concrete Association, has received the Frank J. Heger Memorial Award from ASTM Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe. The Heger Award recognizes distinguished services and dedication to Committee C13, whose portfolio of standards play an important role in concrete pipe testing, engineering and specification.

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NPCA Charts Course for Next 50 Years

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Andy Wieser, president of Wieser Concrete Products in Maiden Rock, Wis., has been appointed the National Precast Concrete Association chairman, the term beginning at the NPCA 50th Annual Convention, held earlier this fall in Minneapolis. “It has been a great 50-year run, however, like any successful organization we have to continue to change to stay relevant,” Wieser told members upon his election. “With this strong foundation beneath us, we will continue to evolve in a very positive way. I’m honored to serve as chairman as we begin the next 50 years.”

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Mobile app guides users wire-to-wire on paver, SRW projects

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Pavestone brought to 2015 Hardscape North America a mobile app programmed as a comprehensive, start to finish resource for residential and commercial projects incorporating the company’s flagship and regional unit masonry brands. The technology led offerings the producer unveiled during the late-October event, staged at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville.

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Governor Rick Scott has announced five appointments—one new member, four incumbents, all for terms running through June 2018—to the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council (FCMEC), an organization authorized by Sunshine State lawmakers and funded by a voluntary check-off program among major and independent block producers.

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U.S. Concrete launches Caribbean platform, expands regional management structure

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U.S. Concrete Inc. has closed on the U.S. Virgin Islands’ principal ready mixed and aggregate source, Heavy Materials, LLC, plus the assets of peer operator Spartan Concrete Products, LLC. Their combined operations create a stronger vertically integrated platform to serve an extensive base of customers throughout the Virgin Islands and neighboring Caribbean islands.

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Precast methods to maintain lead in growing sound wall sector

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Rural and suburban residential and commercial development, especially in close proximity to highways, will sustain demand for outdoor noise barriers in the U.S., where annual growth through 2019 is forecast to rise 3.7 percent, to 9.5 million square feet. Outdoor Noise Barriers, a five-year outlook from Cleveland market researcher The Freedonia Group, finds highways accounting for the vast majority of installations, and concrete structures holding a commanding 92 percent share against plastic, metal and wood product alternatives.

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Allied Concrete readies 1951 Ford-mounted Rex mixer for 2016 CIM Auction

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While most craftsmen who restore vintage concrete mixers might loan their eye-catching iron works for the right promotion or event, Dean Leaman of Texas-based Allied Concrete Materials is dispatching his prized vehicle for good—to Las Vegas, where it will be a centerpiece of the Concrete Industry Management Auction and the keys are handed to the highest bidder.

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